“ Hardcover: 256 pages / Publisher: BBC Books / Published: 27 Sep 2012 „
Some movie or television tie-in books are truly awful! And yet, at this time of year, the shelves on the book departments of our supermarket are full of them ~ ranging from books associated with Top Gear right through to Game Of Thrones.
Some though, are genuinely worth the paper they are printed on and this latest, designed to tie-in with several decades of Doctor Who on our screens is just one of those exceptions and a perfect present for Xmas!
Designed as a companion to the series as a whole, not just the latest incarnation, the book attempts to tell the story of our universe as it relates to Doctor Who through 100 objects that have made their appearance in the show over the years. This includes the Doctor's hand, a Fez and a certain blue Police Box. What is especially good is that the book is set-out from the very dawn of our universe right through to its end and focuses on important moments in not just our latest Doctor, Matt Smith but also on all the previous Doctors too so that newcomers to the show, and those not around when the series started, can get further insight into the character than has been largely available previously.
This is a great book, even for a big Doctor Who fan like myself (I even dressed as Tom Baker's fourth Doctor for a recent Halloween party!) and is a useful guide to many of the episodes and adventures that might otherwise have been lost in the past as well as going into further detail about key events that the show has sometimes neglected. Here then, we get a bit of a better idea behind what happened to Gallifrey, what started The Time War and other useful nuggets that the show has gone into but sometimes kind of glossed over!
It is an engrossing read and even I have learnt a few things about the Doctor's history that I wasn't previously aware of!
Priced at £12 in Tesco, this is a great buy and not too expensive either! It is packed with lots of photographs and illustrations and even gives some real facts on each page pertaining to the items it is referring to ~ so, for example, on one page we get a brief history of the pyramids and the ancient Egyptians etc...
This really is a clever and concise companion to the show. How can you sum up the universe in just 100 objects? Well, probably you can't but this book has a damn good go ~ also trying at the same time, to clear up any complications in continuity that might have arisen between the old and new series!
If you a Doctor Who aficionado then this is a book that you are really going to want!
For once, the publishers have actually released a tie-in book worth having!